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One of the most remote parts of the Lake District, Ennerdale is a major plantation and used to be full of trees, but gradual felling has left broad open areas on the flanks of the valley. Many of the Lake District's most popular peaks surround Ennerdale. Pillar is the star with long, steep crags and Pillar Rock jutting from its side. Great Gable is at the very head of the valley and the High Stile fells on the Northern side look particulary uninspiring being just 700m of uniform slopes covered in conifers. Pillar is the mountain to do in Ennerdale, and the short but exposed grade 3 scramble to the top of Pillar Rock is good if you have a head for heights. Great Gable, Green Gable and the High Stile group are all easily accessible and make good days out.

Upcoming trips

There are current no upcoming trips to Ennerdale planned. Come along to our next Planning Meeting in the last week of term to suggest it as a location for next term!

Previous Trips

 Friday 19 to Sunday 21 October, 2012
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High Stile and Red Pike ridge

Distance: 12 km   |   Ascent: 700 m
Grade: Moderately easy

This walk joins an extended ridge running along the northern side of Ennerdale. Whilst the hills along the way might be smaller than Pillar to the south, they offer arguably as good views and once you've gained height you remain up high for a good deal of the walk.

Starling Dodd and Great Borne

Distance: 12 km   |   Ascent: 750 m
Grade: Moderately easy

The two summits immediatedly north of the Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre offer great views for not too much effort.

Pillar from Ennerdale

Distance: 15 km   |   Ascent: 900 m
Grade: Moderate but can be made harder.

A classic route up the valley of Ennerdale and back over Pillar, with optional extensions (including the grade 3 scramble of Pillar Rock).